Co-Operative Entrepreneurship: Co-Operate for Growth

62 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2012

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Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell

University of Aberdeen - College of Arts and Social Sciences

Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hugh Donnelly

Judicial Commission of New South Wales

Date Written: October 18, 2012

Abstract

Co-operative Entrepreneurship provides an informative practical guide to the nature and process of establishing a co-operative enterprise. Drawing on best practice and international guidelines, this text is suitable for students engaged in new venture creation projects, as well as graduates looking to develop their commercial idea.

Each chapter contains an interview with a person who has collaborated with others to set up a co-operative business. Their success stories, while less well known to the general public than those of capitalist entrepreneurs, show that it is possible to combine profitability with democracy, efficiency with ethics. These real-life accounts, coupled with clear explanations of entrepreneurial processes, make essential reading for young people looking for inspiration and an alternative way of generating employment.

Keywords: co-operatives, cooperatives, co-operative enterprise, cooperative enterprise, entrepreneurship, sustainable business, employment

JEL Classification: A13, A22, L2

Suggested Citation

McDonnell, Diarmuid Padraig and Macknight, Elizabeth Chalmers and Donnelly, Hugh, Co-Operative Entrepreneurship: Co-Operate for Growth (October 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2163491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2163491

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Hugh Donnelly

Judicial Commission of New South Wales ( email )

Level 5, Thakral House
301 George Street
Sydney NSW, 2000
Australia

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